Princeton University Library Catalog

The control of childbirth : women versus medicine through the ages / Phyllis L. Brodsky ; foreword by Mary Ann Shah.

Author:
Brodsky, Phyllis L., 1936- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2008.
Description:
ix, 211 p. ; 23 cm.
Summary note:
"When childbirth moved from women's homes into hospitals, women lost more than they had bargained for. As the event became increasingly male-dominated and medically oriented, women's control of the experience all but vanished. Worse, recent clinical trials have demonstrated that most modern interventions and technological practices have not improved delivery outcomes and are not necessary in normal labor and birth." "From pre-classical to present times, this work describes childbirth practices as they have developed through the ages. The author describes and critiques the evolution of modern midwifery and obstetrics, focusing especially on how, why, and when the process of childbirth became an increasingly sterile, male-dominated, and medically oriented event."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-207) and index.
Contents:
Foreword / Mary Ann Shah -- 1. Childbirth in Primitive and Ancient Times -- 2. The Middle Ages: An Era of Despair and Persecution -- 3. The Sixteenth Century: A Renaissance -- 4. The Seventeenth Century: Men and Their Instruments -- 5. The Eighteenth Century: Men and Science -- 6. The Nineteenth Century: Men and Disease -- 7. Childbirth in Early America -- 8. Nineteenth-Century America: The Birth of Obstetrics and Gynecology -- 9. Early Twentieth-Century America: The "Midwife Problem" and Medicalized Childbirth -- 10. The Second Half of the Twentieth Century: Technology-Managed Childbirth / Edna Quinn -- 11. The Twenty-First Century: Technological Childbirth Challenged -- 12. Conclusion: Women in Power.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9780786433629 (softcover : alk. paper)
  • 0786433620 (softcover : alk. paper)
LCCN:
2008005564
OCLC:
192042209
RCP:
C - S